Tomorrow I'll be starting my Blogmatics series, but today I thought I'd due my Christian duty and warn you that the internet is likely to shut down sometime in the next few days. How do I know that? Because Bono said something about Jesus. But not just any something. Bono called Jesus 'the Son of God' in a new interview with Focus on the Family. And if history tells us anything, it's that Christians everywhere...Read more
(H/T)In March of last year my wife, Kim, opened up a letter that would shape our lives for the next four years. It was “Match Day” and along with thousands of other medical students across the country she was finding out which residency program she had matched with. To our great surprise, we discovered we be moving from Tennessee to Connecticut. Around this...
What I Want To DoI want to attempt the impossible. I want to try to combine the orderly, coherent accounting of systematic theology with the style, structure, and limitations of the blog post. I'm calling it "blogmatics." It will be series of blog posts addressing, dissecting, and articulating the core doctrines of the Christian faith. Now, I am under no illusions that this...
First things first. This is a bit convoluted, but I want to give credit where credit is due. I initially came across this story over at Christian Nightmares, then read about it at Joe.My.God., before finally seeing the actual letter (seen below) at The Smoking Section. Ok, now that we've got the formalities out of the way. Are you kidding?! I've seem some ridiculous, absurd, and disgusting uses of the so-called prosperity gospel before, but this...Read more
I think we would all agree that there are few groups of people on earth that are more un-Christlike, heinous, callous, thoughtless, and despicable than Westboro Baptist "Church." Protesting funerals will get you that sort of reputation. But apparently Fred Phelps and company aren't satisfied with being one of the most un-Christlike, heinous, callous, thoughtless, despicable group of people on earth. They want the top spot all to themselves. How do you possibly do that? By picking on 5 year...Read more
This weekend I went to see Man of Steel. I liked it. Didn’t love it. Actually, I was kind of disappointed. Going in, I heard over and over again about how much Jesus imagery there was in the movie. So, naturally, being an ordained minister, I prepared myself to lead the audience in an altar call following the movie. Unfortunately, Man of Steel didn’t turn out to be...Read more
a post I wrote recently about biblical inerrancy. It's a clarification of sorts, or at least an elaboration on what I do and do not believe about the Bible and why. I am an ordained elder in and lifetime member of the Church of the Nazarene. We are a denomination...Read more
Not too long ago we learned that Jesus has some serious breakdancing skills. Which really shouldn't have been a surprise as "the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve." Well, now it seems that Jesus is taking his divine breakdancing skills public. Unfortunately, you'll have to travel across the pond to see this epic mural in person.Read more
Giant mural of...
As many of you know, I started writing a monthly faith and politics column called Church & State for the folks over at A Deeper Story. This month I'm talking about how Stephen Colbert is ruining America. You read that right. Check out the preview below, then click through to read the rest of the post to find out how he's doing it.Read more